Love Where You Live … Today!

Do you want to help guide the Next Chapter of Vibrant Communities?

Vibrant Communities of Elkhart County

Vibrant Communities has transformed Elkhart County in its first five years. What’s next is a renewed approach building on our successes.

We want to be inclusive, lift up our friends, neighbors, and organizations, to drive home how quality of place makes us all healthier, more resilient, and wealthier – individually and collectively.

We’ve inspired people to love Elkhart County and to collaborate to make our community more vibrant. Our community of makers in Elkhart County will spark the next phase of transformational actions by working together and sharing our vision for our future.

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Stay tuned for details as we begin
The Next Chapter

What’s Next?

The Next Chapter will be supported by two groups of community members working closely with staff, a planning consultant team, and other community members to bring insight and perspective.

Steering Committee
Process leaders and principal representatives of the process.

Outreach Team
Focused on word-of-mouth marketing and promotion of public engagement opportunities.

No matter where you are in Elkhart County’s life,
we want you to be involved.

This only works when we get a wide – we mean WIDE – buy-in. No one gets left behind. And we’re going to have an awesome next few years, and beyond!

Join us!

– Arvis Dawson and Suzie Weirick,
co-chairs, Vibrant Communities

Your Invitation

Love Elkhart County?

When you love where you live, you relish chances to contribute to the community and help make your neighborhood, workplace or city that much better.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Elkhart County is a place where quality craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration results in a well-crafted life.

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Vibrant Communities is an initiative to strengthen Elkhart County’s great communities.

This movement is guided by three core beliefs:


Economic growth depends on “quality of place.”


Successful places clearly understand who they are and what they offer.


Creativity and collaboration are key to shaping our future.

More About Vibrant Communities

Recent News

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October 14, 2021

Vibrant Neighborhoods Can Make It Happen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 14, 2021 Does your Elkhart County neighborhood need a boost? Vibrant Neighborhoods can make it happen Is your neighborhood full of potential? Just waiting for the right project to get neighbors excited and pulling together? The Vibrant Neighborhoods initiative of…
GoshenVibrant Neighborhoods
October 11, 2021

Goshen neighborhood embraces residents musical talents

"Our neighborhood has been re-energized with younger families and new babies. This event provided an opportunity for cross-generational fun and relationship building before the start of a busy school year. There are 21 homes in this neighborhood that are connected to Canal Street and the…
CountywideMiddlebury & BristolVibrant Neighborhoods
October 8, 2021

Greencroft Middlebury celebrates their Vibrant Neighborhood

More than half of Middlebury's Greencroft community came together for a Vibrant Neighborhood brunch on June 9, 2021. The residents enjoyed Das Dutchman Essenhaus pastries, yogurt, fruit trays, juice, and coffee, and heard a presentation by Town Manager Mary Cripe on exciting progressive projects happening…
CountywideGoshenVibrant Neighborhoods
October 1, 2021

Goshen church gives back to neighborhood through clean-up, barbecue event

"We called our project 'Neighborhood Cleanup.' There were about 40 people who participated including some teenagers. Many of the participants were from the St. Mark's United Methodist Church congregation but there were also some from the neighborhood. We partnered with the Chamberlain Neighborhood Association for…

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